WHY SHOULD RHODES
SUPPORT THE EVENT ?
-the event being the 2005 Formula Windsurfing European Championships
RHODES is the perfect location for international windsurfing
events and championships . A major tourist destination , it has
the infrastructure in place to support such events –hotels , apartments
, flights , restaurants , nightlife .
However the primary reason for its importance to the sport :Rhodes
provides a natural arena for windsurfing to take place –an hospitable
climate with constant sideshore winds , perfect for competitors
, spectators and media.
Promoting major windsurfing events is not only good for the
reputation of Rhodes as a mecca for windsurfing holidays , but will
also enhance Rhodes reputation as a popular tourist destination
The market place for holidays is becoming increasingly competitive
; the media appeal of watersports , windsurfing in particular ,
will ensure maximum exposure for Rhodes by association with a dynamic
and environmentally friendly sport , and healthy lifestyle.
Rhodes has been the destination for major windsurfing events
since 1992 . More recently Ialisos Beach has been the venue for
two Formula Windsurfing Grand Prix Regattas (2002 & 2004) .
We must not forget the very successful Olympic 2004 Regatta in Athens
. What better time than now to build on this reputation for excellence
The Formula European Championships represents the premier windsurfing
regatta in Europe during 2005 . The worlds top racers will converge
on Rhodes in June –but this is just the start of a 4 year programme
of major championships and events on Rhodes . By exercising the
OPTIONS (see attached paper) long term benefits are gained that
will enhance the sponsorship and marketing value of the venue .
Finally , the Formula Class will hold a special general meeting
of its members during the 2005 event .Representatives from national
associations around the world will converge on Rhodes ; not only
to debate class issues , but the sport generally . They will no
doubt “soak up the atmosphere” of Rhodes , and return home with
a positive image of both windsurfing and the Island .
Ceri Williams .
IFWC (Formula ) Chairman .
An IWA Director.